iPhone 2018 rumors: Pre-orders to start on Friday, September 14

Updated 08/27/18: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg News has weighed in with his often-accurate roundup of what to expect at next month’s iPhone event.  

Now that we’re well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that’s being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

Bloomberg: New names, new colors, new cameras

In what has become an annual tradition, Bloomberg News has chimed in with his well-sourced prediction of what will happen at Apple’s September iPhone event. While there aren’t a ton of new details about the devices, he confirms much of what we knew about the new phones:

  • There will be three new models, with the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch being OLED, and the 6.1-inch model sticking to LCD like the iPhone 8.
  • The 6.1-inch model will have an aluminum frame versus the stainless steel one on the iPhone X, and come in an array of colors.
  • All three phones will be equipped with Apple’s TrueDepth camera and Face ID unlocking system.
  • Some international models will have dual-SIM slots.
  • Apple will likely call the new phones iPhone Xs and may dump the “Plus” moniker on the largest model.
  • The processing speeds and camera will be the biggest improvements over last year’s iPhone X.
  • The 6.5-inch model will have “the ability to view content side-by-side in apps like Mail and Calendar.”

Plausible? Absolutely. There isn’t much here we don’t already know from prior rumors and Bloomberg News is generally extremely accurate, especially when reporting a rumor this close to an event.

German carriers say iPhone pre-orders to begin on September 14

German site Macerkopf has information sourced from German carriers that Apple and carriers will begin taking preorders for the new iPhones on September 14. This gives us a good hint as to when the new models will be announced, as preorders typically begin just a few days after the announcement event.

Plausible? Definitely. For the last several years, the new iPhones have been announced on the first or second Tuesday or Wednesday of September. We have long suspected that this year’s event will happen on Tuesday, September 11, though the association with that date may lead Apple hold the event on September 12 instead. 

Either way, it makes perfect sense for iPhone preorders to begin a few days later, on Friday at midnight, as they typically do.

More efficient wireless charging with copper coils

This rumor was reported on August 20, 2018.